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Originally posted by GrndLkNatv
They weren't the best for the position.
Bush was feeling sorry for them, so he broke the tradition.
Originally posted by JoeDoaks
The Marines have been seen as a Praetorian guard in waiting over the years, let's hope those fears and concerns are unfounded.
It will be interesting to see how the Navy handles being subservient to the subservient service.
"We had all heard that he had issued an order that all officers would eat after the enlisted. We got the idea that he never forgot that he was a sergeant. That’s why we all would have gone to hell with him if he’d asked us," said Ross, "and we just about did!"
But Puller’s state of health remained a controversial subject and led to his forced retirement. Thwarting tradition, he had a sergeant major who had worked for him in more glorious days, pin on his third star before he retired Nov. 1, 1955.
"Paper-work will ruin any military force
"- Lieutenant-General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
"The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all that the Air Force has accomplished during the war."
- Chesty Puller in a letter to his wife while in Korea
"They are a damn site better than the U.S. Army, at least we know that they
will be there in the morning."
- Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
when a journalist asked him about being surrounded by 22. enemy divisions
One of the issues that drove Butler to anger was the misuse of the Marine Corps for the benefit of specific business interests. While intervening in Nicaragua in 1910, Butler wrote to his parents that
What makes me mad is that the whole revolution is inspired and financed by Americans who have wildcat investments down here and want to make them good by putting in a Government which will declare a monopoly in their favor. The whole business is rotten to the core and I am ashamed to think that a Republican [Taft] administration is, if anything, assisting the revolution.
He referred to himself as a "racketeer for capitalism." In a 1935 article for the socialist magazine Common Sense, Butler wrote:
I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of a half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of Racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international house of the Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard went its way unmolested . . . Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents.
Naval war College Review
He volunteered for active service during the Vietnam War (his request was understandably denied). A vocal critic of government policy during the war, Puller watched his son, Lewis Puller, Jr., carry on the Puller name in combat.
Perhaps some of you 'Marines' need to re-read the Corp's history?
Are you gonna give some reasons that you can justufy?
The marine have always been seen as the final line, the one that protects American citizens from militarism. Now, with a Marine in charge who protects us from them?
Originally posted by SportyMB
Your statement is contradicting itself. If Marines "have always been seen as the final line, the one that protects American citizens from militarism".
Then according to that logic a Marine in that billet would be able to further see that it stays that way and that American citizens are protected from militarism.
I broke it down as "Barney" style as I could so you can better understand my point.
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
A curious footnote to American history suggests that, except for the personal integrity of a remarkable American general, a coup d'état intended to remove President Franklin D. Roosevelt from office in 1934 might have plunged America into civil war.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
It must be borne in mind that in the minds of many soldiers and sailors, taking orders from a Marine is about a low as a person can sink. Let them grovel at the feet of a Marine. It's about time.
Even though I personally would rather see a Marine in the field because it makes me feel safer, this may be a smart move. The entire military will be just a bit tighter.